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Beneath EU’s blanket of optimism about controlling irregular migration, holes and hidden figures remain in its policy financing

By PATRICK STEPHENSON , BRUSSELS – The European Commission adopted its ‘hotspot’ approach in May 2015, during the enormous refugee wave that saw over a million people journey across the Mediterranean towards Europe. While EU members generally control their own borders and process asylum application, the Commission conceived of ‘hotspots’ as a way to provide direct operational support to Greece and Italy, the destinations for most migrants, many of them refugees from Syria.

But how has this approach’s administration and financing been handled? A special report on the Italian and Greek hotspots was released on…

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